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Key Contacts:
Sharon Mercer: Director of Restorative Justice
Maria Piatelli: SENCO
Tom Maltby: Deputy Head for Inclusion
Maggie Bailey: Head Teacher
 
1. How does Grey Court School know if my child needs extra help? 
The following processes are in place at Grey Court School to monitor students’ social, mental and emotional health and provide additional support where needed:
Pastoral support from student support officers, SENCO, form tutors, phases leaders, heads of year and members of SLT.
We will know if a student needs extra help if concerns are raised by parents/carers,
a member of staff or the student themselves. This may be because of an unexpected change in behaviour, fall in academic progress or if a student seeks support.Concerns are passed to the student support officer (SSO) who will investigate the concerns.
If there are concerns, the school will monitor and support the student. The parents/carers may be asked to meet with the school to discuss and plan appropriate support. If there are concerns about learning needs then the SENCO should be involved.
Support from outside agencies may be requested. Examples of such agencies may be: the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) or the Mortlake Assessment Centre for Vulnerable Children (MATVP)
 
1b. What is not SEN?
Persistent disruptive or withdrawn behaviours do not necessarily mean that a student has SEN. Where there are concerns, the school will assess to determine if there are any causal factors. Slow progress or low attainment do not necessarily mean that a student has SEN and will not automatically lead to a student being recorded as having SEN. Although English as an Additional Language (EAL) is not SEN it is sometimes the case that a student with EAL may also have SEN.
 
1c. Application for statutory assessment
Very occasionally a student on the SEN register will require a significantly higher level of support. In this case the school will have made extensive provision from all available resources. The SENCO and/or the Deputy Head for inclusion will make a joint decision with the educational psychologist and parents to decide whether a referral for a coordinated assessment process is needed.
 
2. What should I do if I think my child may have a special educational need or disability?
If you are concerned about your child’s social, mental or emotional wellbeing you should either contact your child’s form tutor, teacher or Head of Faculty in the first instance. Continuing concerns will then be referred to the SENCO using the SEN Referral Form (Link to referral form).
3. How will I know how Grey Court School supports my child? 
Parents will be informed by the school if their child has a Special Educational Need and if they are to be put on the school’s SEN register. Appropriate, bespoke support for each student will be discussed with the parent. The following are examples of the support that could be offered.
The provision put into place for students with social, emotional and mental health needs will be appropriate to the individual needs of the student and will be discussed and agreed with students, parents/carers.
Student support officerswill support students in a variety of ways:
· Meetings with student and or parents/carers
· Restorative Approaches
· Pastoral Support Plan (PSP)
· 6 week resilience programmes
· Referral to school counsellor
· Referral for support with anger management
· Referral to speech and language therapist
· Referral to Student Support centre for a learning mentor
· Music Therapy
Additional support may also be sought from outside agencies where appropriate and may include any of the following:
· Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
· Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)
· Educational Psychologist (EP)
· Vulnerable Pupils Consultation Service
· Referral to Multi-agency Team for Vulnerable Pupils (MATVP)
· Referral to School Nurse
· Support for medical tuition for students to receive tutoring at home if unable to come to school
· Referral to Substance Misuse Worker
· The Primary Mental Health Team (PMHT)
· Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
· Targeted Youth Support (TYS)
· Social Services support (SPA)
· Young Carers support
· Parenting and Family support
· Support from local authority inclusion team
· Referral to Britannia Lane Respite Provision
· Youth Services to support positive activities outside of school and during school holidays
Support to parents of children who struggle emotionally
 
4a. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs? 
Learning is personalised for all students and the learning environment is inclusive and stimulating. (Strategic Intent 4)
Whole class teaching is adapted to meet individual needs through:
Planning - Tasks are adapted and differentiated to allow students to better understand or participate. An example of differentiated planning might be to provide writing frames and alternative methods of recording using story boards and mind-maps.
Delivery - The teacher will use a range of good inclusive strategies and will adopt strategies and differentiated materials which have been identified as useful for individual and groups. An example of differentiated delivery might be to ask for instructions to be repeated back by some students following instructions given to the whole class.
Marking – The teacher will use the school marking policy (Link to Assessment Policy) which informs, supports and involves the student in evaluating and developing their learning.
Equipment – General equipment and tools will be used in the environment for particular lessons to support the student’s participation and learning. Any modifications to equipment will be identified in an Individual Education Plan. Link to IEP document
Support - The teacher will plan groupings and adult support.
Support from LSAs - Students who require support from learning support assistants will receive support either in the classroom or when appropriate out of the classroom. The type of support is agreed through the LSA/Teacher Agreement Document and is monitored by the SENCO. Link to LSA/Teacher Agreement document
Organisation in response to need – Whole school and class organisation supports individual students through ability groupings.
Students on the SEN Register in KS4 are tested for access arrangements.
Additional support for KS3 students with SEN taking exams.
Where medical tuition is required, this will be planned and supported with the home tuition service to ensure the individual needs of students are met. 
4b. Is my child taught in attainment based groups?
During their first year at the school, students are taught in a mixture of class and attainment based groups. We concentrate on developing competency skills, alongside encouraging social groupings within the tutor group. At the start of Year 8 further setting by attainment is introduced. By Year 9 the majority of subjects are taught in attainment-based sets. From Year 10 students join our personalised programme which is tailored to individual needs and allows students to access up to 13 GCSE subjects.
5. How will I know how my child is doing? 
The school will meet with parents of students with SEN at least three times a year. These meetings will include academic tutoring appointments, parents’ evenings and 1:1 appointments with the SENCO.
 
5b. How will I know how my child is doing?
Typical opportunities to meet with parents are as follows for all years
Years 7-11: Parent Information Evening, Parents Evening, Academic Tutoring Day
In year 7 parents and children are invited to ‘Book Look’. This is an opportunity for parents to look at their child’s exercise book and receive their first progress check.
In year 11 parents are invited by the SENCO to receive support on how to support their child with exams
Parents/carers can meet the SENCO to discuss progress. Individual appointments can be made by emailing or by telephoning  the SENCO.
 
6. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
The school works closely in partnership with parents/carers. At each meeting between the school and the parent we will work with you to establish any actions that you could follow to support your child’s learning. The school offers the following to parents wishing to find out more about how best to support their child’s learning.
· Parent information evenings for each year
· Year 6 into 7 Parent Information Evenings
· Year 11 SEN exam support Evening with SENCO
· Faculty revision booklets
· Revision strategies
· Exam Survival Kits
· SEN Website (under construction)
· Team Around the Child Meetings
Parents can request meetings with SSOs and Phase Leaders for further advice and support
 
7. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being? 
Every adult at Grey Court School is responsible for the overall well-being of students at Grey Court School.In addition we offer the following support:
· Form tutors
· Student Support Officers (SSOs)
· Phase Leaders
· LSA 1-1 support during registration for students with statements/EHCP
· Student Support Centre learning mentors
· Resilience Programmes
· Social skills groups
· Support at lunch time in Newman House Film Club
· Speech and Language Specialist
· School Nurse
· Education Welfare Officer
· School Counsellors
· SENCO led Student Forum
· Leadership team –Deputy Head for Inclusion Tom Maltby, Child Protection Officer Vicki Price – Associate Head)
· Educational Psychology Service
· Multi-agency team for vulnerable pupils MATVP
· Relaxation groups for students taking exams
· Common Assessment Framework(CAF)
· CPSHE days are built into the curriculum and promote equality for all students in the school
· Regular assemblies with themes on diversity and tolerance.
The school has a commitment to using restorative justice to resolve conflicts that may arise between students and students and teachers.
 
8. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
Grey Court School provides a Speech and Language Enhanced Provision to support students with communication needs.
Within the SEN Faculty Team the teachers have specialisms in Dyslexia, Speech and Language, EAL and Autism. They also have considerable experience in teaching children with dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, sensory impairments, sensory integration difficulties, speech and language difficulties, social interaction difficulties, and social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The Learning Support Assistants have had extensive experience and training in working with children with general learning difficulties, Dyslexia, Autism, Sensory Impairments, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and behavioural difficulties.
Support from outside agencies include:
· Educational Psychology Service
· Educational Welfare Service
· School Nurse
· Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
· Careers service
· Social Care
· Sensory Support Service
· Medical tuition service
Student Support Officers are highly experienced in supporting students with social, emotional and mental health needs. They work closely with the SEN Faculty and Student Support Centre (SSC) to support the learning of pupils throughout the school.
SSC involvement with the students provides individual screening, assessment and valuable 1:1 intervention and ends with support for final exams and work with colleges to which students will transfer.
Newman House also has a designated learning support assistant who designates two days supporting students with their work in colleges through the wide a range of vocational courses now available.
· Social Services and related teams Support from outside agencies include:
· Educational Psychology Service
 
9. What training have staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
Student Support Officers attend regular training in how to support students with social, emotional and mental health needs. This includes:
· Child protection
· CAF training
· Supporting students with autism and ADHD
· Adolescent Mental Health
· Counselling
· Mentoring
· Coaching
· Delivering programmes in resilience, self-esteem, social skills and bereavement
· Anger management
· Behaviour management
· Substance misuse
· Relaxation and mindfulness
· Parenting support
· Restorative Approaches
Where a student’s needs cannot be met by the pastoral team, support will be requested from multi-agency teams who will work with students in school or outside school as appropriate.
Newly qualified teachers receive training sessions with the SENCO and the Speech and Language Therapist.
 
10. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
Students with social, emotional and mental health needs are supported and encouraged to be fully involved in all areas of school life. Clubs and trips are open to them and individual arrangements are planned in advance to ensure that they are able to participate.
Any issues around trips and activities will have been discussed and addressed with parents.
Where appropriate a risk assessment will be completed. We will ensure reasonable adjustments are made.
11. How accessible is the school environment? 
· Students (and staff/visitors) are able to navigate easily around school
· Students (staff/visitors) with wheelchairs can access ground floor of school.
· Identified students are safe and have a clearly recognised set of procedures to meet their needs in case of fire.
· Proper lighting is provided to walkways contributes to making the school site a safer and more secure environment.
· All parts of the school have “friendly access” via properly maintained paved walkways and the provision of paving to those areas where it is needed.
(Link to Grey Court School Equalities Policy 2010-2013)
12. How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Grey Court School or transferring to a new school or post-16 provision?
· At Grey Court School we work closely with the educational settings used by the students before they transfer to us in order to seek the information that will make the transfer as seamless as possible. The Assistant Head, Student Support Officer and SENCO attend transition meetings with primary schools to collect information about students in year 6 on the SEN register and students with additional pastoral needs.
· At Grey Court School Year 6 students are invited to take Cognitive Attainment Tests (CATS). The tests take place on a Saturday morning in May. Students who need additional reassurance or guidance are offered to take the tests in the library. The tests are followed by an afternoon of sports activities.
· Before transition each student is invited with their family to meet a member of the leadership team. This is an opportunity to discuss tutor group friendships and to discuss student, parents/carers and school responsibilities and expectations.
· Students who may need additional support will be invited to a small tea party in Newman House. This is an opportunity to meet other students and to ask questions and watch a presentation by Year 7 students. Teaching assistants from students’ primary schools are also invited.
· On Induction Day year 6 students attend an Induction Day at Grey Court School for taster lessons and to meet form tutors, student support officer and Head of Year. Additional visits are welcomed by appointment with the SENCO or student support officer.
· Parents are invited to a Parent Information Evening in which a series of workshops are delivered on aspects of the school including SEN, progress tracking, pastoral support and the curriculum.
· Students who join Grey Court School mid-year, receive the same attention to ensure they have a successful transition. Previous schools are contacted to collect information about students’ academic, SEN and pastoral needs. Students and parents/carers will meet with Student Support Officers to ensure that where there are recognised needs, the appropriate assessments and interventions are put into place. Where there is an identified SEN need, the SENCO will contact parents for a meeting so that additional information can be incorporated into an IEP.
· If your child has been recognised as having a communication need and allocated support from the Speech and Language provision they will attend a brief induction group. Information from other professionals including previous Speech and Language assessments and reports will be carried over from primary school. Any assessments and reports completed at Grey Court will be shared with other professionals if your child moves to a new provision or on leaving to attend a post 16 provision, if appropriate.
· We also contribute information to a students’ onward destination by providing information to the next academic setting.
Students in sixth form who have a special educational need are supported by the SEN Faculty. The support is suitably tailored to meet the learning needs of each student.
 
13. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Statements of SEN/EHCP have funding attached. The amount of funding is decided by the borough in which the student resides and this is determined by the degree of need. The school can apply for an increase of funding through the annual review process including holding an interim review to request additional funding. If the annual review meeting supports a request for a change in funding then and application will be made to the relevant borough.
Support for students who have Education Health Care Plans/Statements of Special Educational Needs
EHCPs/Statements frequently specify the number of LSA hours that a student will receive. LSA support is usually provided in lessons, however when it is deemed appropriate the SEN Faculty will use the support strategically to meet the individual needs of the student. This could be:
Literacy interventions from a specialist SEN teacher or from a specialist LSA outside of the classroom to teach skills which are essential in enabling students to engage more successfully in class lessons.
Skills taught in all interventions will be monitored carefully to ensure each student is transferring new skills to their subject lessons.
Support in class to measure progress and impact of interventions
Impact reports
Advice to subject teachers from the SEN team
EAL interventions
Speech, language and communication interventions
Spelling interventions
Tutoring in maths and English
Half termly one to one sessions with students to set and review targets on IEPs
Speech and Language therapy
Handwriting interventions
Lunchtime support
An intervention for literacy twice weekly 
14. How is a decision made about how much and what support my child will receive?
There is a strong ethos regarding ‘student voice’ in the school and the views of students are considered when decisions are made about their support. 
 
15. How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
All students in the school have regular reports and an annual parents evening for each year group. There are also regular meetings for parents to inform them about events for relevant year groups. These include, for example:
Year 7 Induction Evening
Year 9 Option Evening
Year 10/11 Study Skills
Parents may also contact any of their child’s teachers directly using the email address given on the school website.
If your child has SEN he/she will be placed on the SEN Register and you will be invited to discuss provision to address the special educational needs. Your child will be given an IEP. The IEP is usually written with you and/or with your child. It contains information about your child’s special educational needs, appropriate provision and interventions and advice for teaching staff.
In addition students with a statement of SEN, or Education, Health and Care Plan will have a multi-professional annual review which looks carefully at progress towards the learning objectives.
For students who access the Enhanced Provision for SLCN, a case history is obtained from parents/carers once a referral to the speech and language provision has been made. Parents /carers can contact the speech and language therapist to receive advice on how to best support their child’s learning. Parents receive reports following therapy and interventions.
Parents may also contact the appropriate student support officer and phase leader to discuss any individualised provisions that are required to ensure good social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
 
16. Who can I contact for further information or if I have a complaint?
Sharon Mercer: Director of Restorative Justice
Maria Piatelli: SENCO
Tom Maltby: Deputy Head for Inclusion
Maggie Bailey: Head Teacher